Environment

Democrats Invoke Russiagate to Advance Bill Lobbied for by Big Oil

December 20, 2019

Two bills that would allow the United States to expand its fossil fuel infrastructure in the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries have advanced to the the Senate—and Democrats backing them have invoked “Russiagate” to push them through. 

Democratic Donor Gets Natural Gas “Bomb Train” Permit from Trump Admin

December 18, 2019

Earlier this month, the Trump Administration issued Energy Transport Solutions a special permit to ship up to 100 shipments per day of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail from Pennsylvania to New Jersey, the first interstate permit of its type. 

Melting Greenland Could Displace 400M People; UN Climate Deal Does Little to Help

December 17, 2019

A new study says that Greenland is melting at a pace far faster than previously estimated and could displace 400 million people due to global sea-level rise.

Bill to Ban Coal in Bay Area City Tabled by Mayor, Maybe Permanently

December 10, 2019

After a marathon hearing featuring over 100 speakers, Richmond’s mayor tabled a city council vote to ban storing coal and petroleum coke in the city without explanation. He told The Real News that, if up to him, it won’t get one.

New Climate Model Predicts Alarming Levels of Global Heating

December 10, 2019

Dr. Neil Swart of the Canadian Center for Climate Modelling & Analysis says a new model predicts nearly 8°C of heating by 2100 in a high emissions scenario.

Climate Change Fuels Hellfire in the City of Angels

December 9, 2019

California’s fire season isn’t over yet, but megafire events have already taken a major toll on the state and its inhabitants, forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. Warm, dry climate change conditions have made housing in LA’s “Wildland-Urban Interface” dangerous.

20 Million People Displaced Per Year by Climate Change

December 9, 2019

A new Oxfam International study shows that climate change-fueled disasters have been increasing dramatically in the past ten years, and are now displacing 20 million people annually from their homes. The burden is highly unequal, with the poorest suffering the most.

Fossil Fuel Production Plans Could Push Earth off a Climate Cliff

December 4, 2019

The United Nations is beginning its climate summit in Madrid. Their new report says that if all booked fossil fuel reserves are burned, it could lead to a cataclysmic rise of global temperature by 2100.

As Resistance Halts Pipelines, LNG and Tar Sands Move via Rail

December 3, 2019

The Trump administration is considering a proposal to move fracked gas by rail at the behest of a company owned by Milwaukee Bucks billionaire owner Wes Edens, a major donor to the DNC. As tar sands pipelines are halted, more carbon-intensive crude moves along the tracks.

Big Rail Spends More on Denying Climate Change than Big Oil

December 2, 2019

A new study concludes that rail is the industry that’s injected the most money into climate change denial propaganda efforts in the last 25 years.